First Do No Harm: The DEA targets Physicians who treat their patients pain.

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chrons and lupus paients suffer from un curable pain there is no other alternative when not treated for pain have no quality of life and suffer , what are you to do, why should you be treated in such demeaing ways because you are ill and in pain? i know my husband refuses to go to doctors due to being treated as a seeker??? he had same dosage of meds for years used responsibly and some how he is unfairly labeled??now he suffers and really has no quality of life, it is wrong. drug addicts will always be able to get drugs but patients are the real victims. i live in pa and am concerned for the patients who need treatment not harassment and violations of their rights, because doctors are afraid to treat patients and I cant blame them but I think they need to stand up for patients in need not cowar to the dea
Its getting out of hand - Why is the ones that try and do the right thing get punished.
I feel that by the DEA to regulate opiate abuse, I can see why you would want to curtail black market sale of narcoticss. However, what happens to elderly people who have a plethera of health issues and need opiates at times to help with chronic pain. Why are you punishing the elderly if you are going after the major drug dealers. We are not drug dealers, we are in pain as we get older the more we need these prescriptions Please do not threaten our doctors to not prescribe opiates to their patients. This is the government getting in the way and hurting the elderly once again. Why care if an elderly person becomes addicted, is that so bad if they don't have long to live anyway??
I watched my daughter suffer agonizing paid after surgery for a broken let that requires plates and screws.When the surgery was complete and she complained of pain in the recovery room she was told they wouldn't give her more because they didn't want her to become addicted.The DEA has intimidated doctors to the point that they won't help people who truly need it out of fear.This has to stop.
Here I am just a few months after a 3 level Cervical fusion. I have been told that due to the arthritis, bulging discs, stenosis and bone spurs in my thoracic spine I will be in chronic pain pernanently. But despite this my surgeon no longer wants to prescribe pain meds and is sending me to one pain clinic after another that "doesn't prescribe opiates." I have been told that I need to find a PCP. But everyone (I've called 14 in my area) I have spoken with tells me I need to see a Pain Clinic. Ironically every Pain Clinic I have spoken with says I need a PCP for pain meds. I asked the last Dr. I was referred to (at a pain clinic) why after dropping $80,000 with my surgeon that they seemed to be passing the buck. I just got a look from him that said volumes and a parting response, "no comment." Seems hopeless.
I believe that the dea should.be abolished. I beleive it is waging a war on drugs that it could never win and in that battle there are casualties. Unfortunately being a pain sufferer is one of them. Being a chronic pain patient myself I understand the frustration. Being looked at as a junkie even by the most informed.people. Does anyone truly believe the policies are working?
After being with the same health care center/provider for the past 9 years, my PCP accepted a job elsewhere, and my continued care was appointed to another doctor there at the same facility. I have lived with debilitating pain for 10 years now and have always exercised great caution with the use of pain medications. With that approach, my PCP put me on Tramadol 6 years ago after a very long and painful journey of being prescribed, but getting no relief and/or adverse side effects from Cymbalta, Lyrica, and every anti-depressant under the sun. While the Tramadol does not make me pain-free - and I would never expect that result from any medication - I have never misused/overused my prescription, and I've never called for an early refill; And yet, when I met with my "new" health care provider last week, he begins by telling me that he's apposed to the use of narcotics for pain and that studies show that they actually end up causing analgesic nephropathy... I cannot speak for other people's experiences, so I told him about the quality of my life prior to 2009 and how, because my pain, which was consistently at a level of 8-10, how, with the use of Tramadol, it was reduced to a manageable level of 4 on a good day, and a 7 on my worst day. I told him how reducing my pain allowed me to do the unimaginable; return to school - at the age of 50 to get my BSW degree (social work). Over the past 6 years, I have never asked for a dosage increase and I've always utilized complimentary holistic approaches. On days when the pain was worse than others, I used those approaches even more so, rather than increasing my Tramadol dosage. However, my new doctor spent 10 minutes of our first appointment explaining to me that he was afraid of being sued or losing his license and wasn't going to have it come back and bite him in the --- and so now he has reduced my Tramadol dosage and will continue doing so until I am off of it completely. In it's place he prescribed me a "sugar pill", (i.e., placebo...) which my pharmacy doesn't carry and was mystified as to why my doctor even think they carried it. The pharmacist told me that the only way he knew to get this particular drug was ordering it on the internet. I've never ordered a drug online and I'm not not starting now. The timing of this couldn't have been worse - junior year finals at school. In two short weeks, I went from being a full-time student with a GPA of 3.8 to a student who has ended up having to take a medical leave from school because my pain became unbearable and unmanageable as a result of the reduction in my pain medication. It broke my heart and my soul to accept that I would not be graduating and that my future, which once looked promising and hopeful, now looks bleak and hopeless. I worked all my life to raise my two sons and put them through college, but now I may have to accept that it's the end of the road for me. I will not live like this everyday; unable to walk, to take a shower, or to even pic
I want to see the same people from the dea and the fda ten years from now and see them handle no pain meds
There must be a way to screen those with real pain through MRI's and documentation and those with paper cut hurt so bad I need to get high.
my WIFE IS UNABLE TO BE TREATED FOR ACUTE CONDITIONS AT THE ER AND LEFT TO SUFFER BECAUSE OF A PAST HISTORY OF OPIATE ABUSE. SHE NO LONGER USES OPIATES BUT WHEN SHE IS IN PAIN WE ARE POWERLESS TO DO ANYTHING FOR HER
I am a chronic pain patiant for the last 19 years due to damage from many hours of flying search and rescue for the Coast Guard "helicopter back" and arthritis .
Living with chronic pain is a daily event no one should have to suffer with, like I do. There are day's I can't lay my head on a pillow or when I am able too. Get out of bed the next morning.

I have pointed out that I don't call in early to get refills. I have even brought in my medicines with a couple extra's when it is time to renew to show I don't abuse my drugs. I was told that by doing that, I can't get a refill due to the fact I have to be completely out of them.

Yes, I know some people have abused the system in the past, however with the computer set up between pharmacies. This is no longer an issue. Sad, when you go to one and they say no, you have more than 2 controlled substances. Yet of my 3 one is for sleep and is not a narcotic. I stopped going to that pharmacy and I hear their are others.
As someone living with chronic pain for many years I see a horrifying trend of treating patients as addicts or even a convicts rather than an individuals who, through no fault of our own, lead lives of constant misery. We are not partying with these medications. They offer us a chance to live a more normal existence than we would without. We do not need to add the fear of not getting the proper medication to that misery. I recently told my pain management doctor that I needed to try something a bit stronger since I had been on the same amount for three years and I was told I was all ready abusing my medication and my medication was cut down as punishment. I felt like Oliver Twist asking for more gruel. It was sadistic and emotionally debilitating. I was then suffering from both pain and withdrawal symptoms. I was also told I should go on anti-depressants instead. This is a common response these days.
I have struggled with Multiple Sclerosis since 2002. The pain initially started in my feet and moved up. Now it consumes my entire body. I feel like I'm being dipped in molten lava up to my neck, while my muscles feel like they are being put through a meat grinder and my bones are going to shatter into a million fragments. I used to get out twice a week and was able to get around with a walker. Then you congressional *******s and the DEA decided to crack down on pain management dr's and mine was fired. I've been through 7 dr's just since last September 2014. Now, because of you people who don't have a clue what TRUE CHRONIC PAIN really is, I'm reduced to living out the remainder of my life in a wheelchair. I know of a few chronic pain sufferers who have taken their own lives just to be free of their pain. I don't blame them. In fact, I battle thoughts of doing the same myself every minute of every day. I can't live with this much pain. Our blood is on YOUR hands!!! Stop being so sanctimonious and holier-than-thou and leave our pain management dr's the hell alone! Our dr's know those of us True Sufferers from those that are just addicted to pain meds after a surgery or accident. I just hope than none of you at the DEA or in Congress ever become chronic pain sufferers....but then again, y'all would probably be able to get whatever you need to help with your chronic pain so y'all can have a good quality of life for the rest of your lives. You people make me sick!
It is unconscionable that Chronic Pain Patients with the documentation to support their pain complaints are being under-treated or not treated at all for the pain that is incapacitating and debilitating. It is not only a quality of life issue but one which has many Pain Patients contemplating suicide to stop the pain. This is absolutely horrendous when this is exactly the situation these Narcotic Drugs are meant to be used in. The government and medical community should be ashamed of themselves for allowing this situation to exist at all and the fact that it is ongoing is irresponsible and unnecessary. Treat our pain in appropriate dosages that take all the variables into account.
I'm writing you today because I am but one person who is dealing with severe pain on a daily basis.
Since the "sweep" that targeted dr.'s who over prescribed pain medication, people like me are living in hell!
Pain management dr.s wont take new patients, especially if you are on medicare/medicaid.
I am disabled and can't work. I'm 48 years old.
Since a car accident that left me unable to work ever again, I have bounced from one painkiller to the next.
I gain a tolerance to them.
I even tried the interthecal pain pump to help control my pain.
I have been through five pain pumps, and six surgeries for them. It was removed and a huge section of scar tissue now sits under my left ribcage, that feels like a knife stabbing me.
I have been through hell and back. I have had way too many surgeries, from the brain, jaw, back, and many more.
Painkillers are a part of my life now. Limiting them is just cruel.
There are many who abused the patient/dr relationship, and the rest of us suffer.
Is there a way to be 100% sure that the person getting the prescription really needs it? I have no idea.
I do know that this intimidating dr.s and pharmacies is wrong.
I hope that you never have to deal with the pain that I deal with on a daily basis. Or need medication to control the pain.
I do hope that in the near future, this will ease up a bit, and allow primary care dr.s to prescribe opioids. They know their patients the best. They are more diligent, and can see the pill seekers from the cronic pain patients.
Thank you for your time.
On behalf of a good friend, myself, parents, & so many others please realize the importance of this petition so those if US suffering can ATTEMPT to live a more " pain managed controlled" life....if thst exists.
Cruel, cruel cruel to allow innocent people who is in chronic pain to suffer.
I have a pain management Doctor that is treating me like a street junkie. I have severe Disk Degenerative Disease 7 Herniated Disk, Spurs growing on every disk I have, One large spur growing on my tailbone large enough to be seen through my cloths people say I am growing tail. I have scoliosis, and many more that are on MRI's and Cat scans, but yet this Doctor is treating me like I am a junkie instead of trying to give me some quality of life pain free.
I have been suffering since 2010 with pain. I'm now 50 & told all the time by my Dr., "I'm too young to have so much pain". What does age have to do with having Arthritis and other medical conditions.? I have not had an increase in my medication in all those years. The Dr., Pharmacist and everyone in involved in getting the script to picking up the medication, Makes me feel like a drug 💊 addict. They all actually play 🎭 some kind of game each month. Loosing the prescription or Dr. Not calling it in & having to wait til Monday before I can get it.
I AM NOT A DRUG ADDICT OR DEALER. I SUFFER WITH CHRONIC PAIN YET TREATED LIKE A STREET JUNKIE!
After surviving Cervical Cancer at age 20. Now at age 43 and 4 auto accidents later starting at age 23 (none at fault for) I live with 5 cervical disc either fused/bulging/herniated causing severe pain down my neck shoulders, arms and upper back, 3 Lumbar Discs either collapsed/herniated/ bulged along with facet damage on two levels as well cause horrendous pain across my buttocks down my legs to my feet. I have lost most sensation in my feet due to nerve damage, I stepped on 3 nails in my yard and never felt it until I saw the blood on my kitchen tile floor, I get Charlie horses in my inner thighs and in the balls of my feet that hurt so bad all I can do is cry. I also have arthritis in both Knees causing me to fall into walls when they buckle on me.Severe TMJ syndrome which has caused me to lose my bottom teeth. Now that I was released from my doctor of 13yrs due to his fear of the D.E.A I was released as a patient and now live on 1/3 of my meds with my current doctor. because of this I can't live a life with equality and afraid now to even have surgery knowing I am going to suffer with more pain and no relief once I leave the hospital. I don't sleep more than 3 hours a night due to pain which now has caused seizure from sleep deprivation. In my 20yrs since my first accident causing my disability I consider suicide every day than continuing a life in pain without quality of life and relief.
I am fortunate enough to have a primary that is willing after years of treatment to give me low level pain meds. I'm 13 years in this diagnosis and I'm still struggling to work full time. I've lost 50% of my vision but I cannot afford another eye exam because I'm working and my insurance will not cover another. I work at a hospital caring hands on for patients using needles all day long. Pretty scarey huh? What other choices do I have in this economy? I'm just trying to get by like everyone else. I haven't had a vacation in years, no kids, no big dinners out. I'm struggling to the point of dangerous. Thank you for taking tax dollars out of my check before I get it and not giving any concern to how huge this problem is. I'm one of MANY. Think of that next time it's your health and they are using a needle on you.
Due to chronic nuerological conditions ( birth defects as well as IH and dysautonomia) I get treated like "genetic garbage" by my nuerologist and RUDE emails from my neurosurgeons nurse. something needs to be done about these uncaring doctors. it's not right people who suffer unfairly get treated like garbage or drug users.
I have several debilitating chronic pain issues. I had the most wonderful doctor team where I previously lived, but due to a serious family issue, I had to move back to my home state. I had been to the point I was able to function fairly well, with my flare-ups only occurring after too much exertion. Now I live in pure agony 24/7 due to the doctors where I live refusing to adhere to my treatment plan and not giving me the pain meds I so desperately need. I cannot sleep, walk, sit, stand or anything without having agonizing pain. I also have degenerative nerve disease and feel as if I am constantly being electrocuted throughout my body. I have a son with autism that needs me to help him with his needs and I am so incredibly afraid that he will have to live with his father if I can't get the help I need. That would be devastating not only for me, but for my son. His father knows nothing about autism or my son's particular needs. Please, please stop this pressure on physicians so the suffering will end. I personally know of 2 people that took their lives due to their pain. I won't think of doing that, but as I sit here in tears due to the pain, I can understand why they did. My heart goes out to each and every one of you that has to live as I do. Thank you to the wonderful family members that support us.
I am the wife of a chronic pain sufferer. It is absolutely devastating to watch my husband suffer 24 hours a day because of lack of proper pain relief. Pain management doctors treat him like a criminal for asking for more pain relief. He has tried alternative treatments to no avail. It is absolutely inhumane. PAIN KILLS. It kills the will to live. Pain so bad, death seems like a blessing. We are heartbroken at the system. It feels so hopeless and dreadful. Please help us. Words cannot convey the suffering.
This war on prescribed narcotics will not ever effect those peoples with power and influence petitions sadly will do no good as he wealthy will allways get a free pass just as they do with dui blind eye will be turned.
Please do not make chronic pain sufferers be treated like junkies. When it helps me get up in the morning and be a productive person...I never take what I not prescribed or more of it. Please allow Doctors to decide on a case by case basis.
Jobs, jobs, jobs--citizens such as me have our ability to work taken away. Many are forced to apply for disability due to pain. If you don't care aboit people's quality of life, you all say you car about jobs. My life and career are gone because doctors do not want to treat the disease I have
. I am left to prey for death. The goons at the DEA are taking lives, not saving them.
I have a debilitating and painful disease. Due to the DEA, doctors refuse to treat me. My primissing career and life are gone as I am left to prey for death. The DEA goons are the killers.
Please remember to vote out your states attorney if they are the ones in bed with the DEA. Unless one of these people have a family member suffering from a chronic illness, they will continue to put another notch on their belt. The DEA has been granted absolute power. They do things as they have always done. Why should they bother using a sniper when they can throw a grenade and intimidate. They could care less about the many great physicians getting hit by their shrapnel and leaving well established honest practices. Not to mention all of pain patients struggling daily and committing suicide. This is ALL about VOTES and nothing about saving lives. Change your votes, get your story in the media and let the public know what is being allowed to occur to you and your physician under the guise of saving lives.
I am being treated for chronic pain caused by a rare spinal disease called Transverse Myelitis for which there is no cure so you learn to live with it.
If I know I will need to walk for any distance on a given day I will deny myself some of the relief I get from medication for a couple of days to save it for the event.
Living with this painful disease is misery that could be a lot less so if Doctors were allowed to treat patients as they see warranted.
Let the Doctors treat us so we can live a comfortable life.
As a very compliant chronic pain patient, I am neither an abuser or a seller but I am treated like one or worse yet...like a potential one. I do not have an addictive brain and fall outside any risk categories.

My latest doctor closed his office in Indianapolkis because he wasn't making any money and told his patients he would see them in his base office....a sixty mile round trip for me. With one family car and a very tight budget, that wouldn't work for me. So, I let the office know I would be needing to go elsewhere and that I may need to see them once more if the new office couldn't get me in before my meds ran out. I told the doctor what I was doing and he made no comment to me about it. So, I set another appointment and signed a sheet to send my records to the new office. (The new office does not make appointments until they get my records).
I was also told by the office I would be called if I needed to see him in his base office instead of his satellite closing office. I show up for the appointment and no one is there. I call their office and ask why no one was there. Apparently, because I sent a records release, they cancelled my appointment. Their reason....you signed a records release so we can't see you again. That would "appear" to be doctor shopping. I asked how it could be doctor shopping if they closed the office I go to and I have given them the name of the new clinic. Bottom line...I run out of my medications in two weeks and have yet to be contacted by the new office for an appointment.

The doctors are so afraid to practice, they are punishing the compliant patients along the way. This office could easily document why I was there and where I was going but that's just not good enough. So...I will suffer and they don't care. It's cover your butt and to hell with these people.
I am NOT a criminal! I'm sick of being treated like I broke the law..I'm just in pain.
I had so so much more written... It was cut off. I haven't the spirit to retype it... It wasn't even close to detailing everything.. All the pain and misery and doctors. I just want to die. I don't feel I have anyone to help me or at least listen. The very people I used to trust, the doctors, the very ones that I unconditionally trusted, who are or at least were supposed to care for me don't. I'm in constant misery and pain since the two car wrecks missed fracture... No one will treat it. Because I'm young they feel I don't have pain or can somehow handle it, they disregard the me and the numerous tests accounting and proving the painful injuries still not healed after two and a half years. They now treat this as psychosamatic illness bc I have severe depression and anxiety.. Even though the wrecks and the pain and injuries and the drastic change in my young life are what caused it in the first place. They just don't care, they won't do any tests..they distrust the ones proving the unhealed and under in treated injuries and pain. They send me away in tears such a desolate hopelessness fear abject misery anti depressants and steroids. I can't do this anymore. Blow my brains out in Their parking lot, maybe then they'll believe me. The one pain doctor I had didn't take a proactive approach but we agreed to taking two pills a day.. Morning and night.. He changed it to four after two months.. I didn't ask or care I just followed the labeling.. The next appointment he said they made a mistake and trued to call me... No calls no messages to any if the 4 telephone numbers I gave them to reach me. He said he was just "helping" me out and said he'd no linger treat me. I lost it and cried and they said if I didn't leave they'd call the cops. What cruelty. Even with me asking up front I wanted everything done to treat things and all my doctors to work together and come up with a complete across the boars pla to get me well or at least have us all understand why so much pain and limited function.. I just wanted my life back. The pills made it more bearable. I should have been planning my wedding and going back to school, instead my youth has left me and I have finally turned my back on hope. Instead I just wish the wreck killed me. I guess I'll be where they think I belong rotting away in the ground. I just can't do this alone anymore. No more pain... Please no more. Wish you doctors cared enough to help and be proactive and understanding. Wish you would have cared.
I had so so much more written... It was cut off. I haven't the spirit to retype it... It wasn't even close to detailing everything.. All the pain and misery and doctors. I just want to die. I don't feel I have anyone to help me or at least listen. The very people I used to trust, the doctors, the very ones that I unconditionally trusted, who are or at least were supposed to care for me don't. I'm in constant misery and pain since the two car wrecks missed fracture... No one will treat it. Because I'm young they feel I don't have pain or can somehow handle it, they disregard the me and the numerous tests accounting and proving the painful injuries still not healed after two and a half years. They now treat this as psychosamatic illness bc I have severe depression and anxiety.. Even though the wrecks and the pain and injuries and the drastic change in my young life are what caused it in the first place. They just don't care, they won't do any tests..they distrust the ones proving the unhealed and under in treated injuries and pain. They send me away in tears such a desolate hopelessness fear abject misery anti depressants and steroids. I can't do this anymore. Blow my brains out in Their parking lot, maybe then they'll believe me. The one pain doctor I had didn't take a proactive approach but we agreed to taking two pills a day.. Morning and night.. He changed it to four after two months.. I didn't ask or care I just followed the labeling.. The next appointment he said they made a mistake and trued to call me... No calls no messages to any if the 4 telephone numbers I gave them to reach me. He said he was just "helping" me out and said he'd no linger treat me. I lost it and cried and they said if I didn't leave they'd call the cops. What cruelty. Even with me asking up front I wanted everything done to treat things and all my doctors to work together ans
This is disgusting and too many times are patients treated like scum bags just cause they haave pain! A good friend of mine died because his doctor cut him off from pain meds and he then got hooked on heroin.
I am going to commit suicide. I am only 28 years old. I was involved in two high speed car accidents, neither of which I was a fault. The first I was t boned un my tiny 96 corolla by a speesing truck, my seatbelt didnt hold. I dont remeber the impact the duration or comming to a stop. I had no health insurance, the driver had no car insurance. The hospital sent me home diagnosed with a cervical sprain/strain unable to move my neck and in severe pain. I kept returning to the er amd they kept sending me away saying there was nothing wrong with me, not to mention I had no diagnose of concussion or indicator as to why I blacked out right before he hit me and stayed out until a man was pulling me onto a strecher, no explanation as to why I had no memory either. I struggled, fell into a deapairing depression, desolate and hopeless no one would help, listen, let alone care.I suffered headaches, double vision at times, inabilty to move neck much, and of course severe pain. I resolved as best I could to march on. After about 8 months the severest pain subsides witha return of nearly full motion. I still to this day experience neck pain and catching along with popping I never had before, an mri taken nearly two years after the accident showed bulging discs 4 5 & 6 with a reverse of the normal curvature.fir some reason the x rays taken the day of showed no indication of any damage worse than a strain/sprain. Well just around the time I was getting used to neck pain and discomfort in my every night and day I was a passenger in a head on collision, we were going 45ish the lady who smashed into us was around 50 or so. I remeber every second. The raising of my arm to tell my friend, I was obly able to utter a few incomprehensible mutters, he hit his breaks, but she still hits us full force. The impact was so hard, so violent, so irreversible, so incomprehensible, so shocking, and immediatly painful and life altering. I have suffered nightmares that have me relieving the physical impact and course of ear pounding adrenaline experienced in what had to be the longest few seconds/minutes ever experienced. I suppose that time actually stood still. After those few secminutes we scream help helllp help at the top of our lungs. Stunned and dazed I groan fear so palpable we tasted it. Are you okay? Are you okay? I dont know, my arm, i cant move my arm, its broken. The windshield is cracked and we cant see out just our blood on the airbags which i assume was from our noses or shallow scratches on our faces. I am beyond shocked. I am terrified we're bleeding to death into our stomaches... And then we see smoke coming from the glove box and we fear the car is about to blow up. I cant move, i physically cant move. Zach cant open either if our front doors and he climbs through the back and kicks the back door and people i assume lead him to the curb. A man appears in my window and says its okay the cars not going to blow up, that he was an off duty paramedic. I here other ga
Everybody is already stating how I feel! Without being overly redundant, I just want to live my life with some relief of pain! I am 45 years young and if I have to live the rest of my life without these painkillers, please just put a bullet to my head because I'm not living anyway!
Home of the brave and the land of the free....HA ..what a lying bunch of pigs. They spit on the Constitution every time they deny my right for the pursuit of happyness. No one can be happy writhing in pain and totally miserable every single day of their lives. You really think you are God who tells me what I can or can't do? Shame on all of you ,becausea percentage of people taking pain meds and OD ,compared to the percentage of people taking pain meds AND NOT OVERDOSING is far less. You know it ,I know it ,this is unconstitutional ,you know it...I also know it. Problem being we have a president who hates our Constitution...Do you..because you are taling our rights away to a happy pain free life.
If you or someone you know has not been impacted by these policies
yet, keep in mind, they or you could be at any time.
Physicians are targeting patients who have chronic pain or are disabled. In order to protect themselves from these policies doctors often require a narcotics contract so a sufferer can not go to another physician for meds even if they have surgery and require additional pain meds as a result. If a patient refuses to sign the contract they refuse to prescribe meds. When they sign the contract they have to agree to drug testing even if they do not agree with it or cannot afford the test. These policies have turned Doctor's into the Gestapo - policing people's lives and acting as Judge, Jury and Executioner. These policies need to be stopped!!! That is unless you want to see an exponential increase in the crime rate.
Forcing people with chronic pain and/or disabled people to seek other alternatives to pain management is in direct opposition to a doctor's hippocratic oath. Terminating meds due to refusing to sign a contract or drug testing is wrong. Drug tests are influenced by a lot of factors, medical conditions, over the counter medications, energy drinks, machine error, contamination by medical personnel, etc... These policies and contracts keep physicians from treating people who need to be treated. They are further deterring people who require ongoing medical care from going to the physician when they need to for fear of being treated as a third class citizen, being labeled an addict as a result of their pain medication dependency, or for fear of false positive or negative results and subsequent termination from medication and/or treatment.
The truth is chronic pain sufferers are addicts that were created as a result of unendurable pain. Chronic pain sufferers should not be labeled by these policies. Physicians should not be pressed by these policies and in turn feel as if they should treat chronic suffers as if every pain is a result of addiction and not their condition. If the policies take away the only way they can cope with their pain and have some sort of relief to improve their quality of life you in essence have left them no other alternative but to seek other ways to ease their suffering. This will have a cascading effect reaching far into the future and will impact communities, the patient and their entire families.
You aren't responsible for the inferior care, pain and suffering the low man on the totem pole will endure, or are you? Policies are not responsible for the problems that will arise, or are they?
If you or someone you know has not been impacted by these policies
yet, keep in mind, they or you could be at any time.
Physicians are targeting patients who have chronic pain or are disabled. In order to protect themselves from these policies doctors often require a narcotics contract so a sufferer can not go to another physician for meds even if they have surgery and require additional pain meds as a result. If a patient refuses to sign the contract they refuse to prescribe meds. When they sign the contract they have to agree to drug testing even if they do not agree with it or cannot afford the test. These policies have turned Doctor's into the Gestapo - policing people's lives and acting as Judge, Jury and Executioner. These policies need to be stopped!!! That is unless you want to see an exponential increase in the crime rate.
Forcing people with chronic pain and/or disabled people to seek other alternatives to pain management is in direct opposition to a doctor's hippocratic oath. Terminating meds due to refusing to sign a contract or drug testing is wrong. Drug tests are influenced by a lot of factors, medical conditions, over the counter medications, energy drinks, machine error, contamination by medical personnel, etc... These policies and contracts keep physicians from treating people who need to be treated. They are further deterring people who require ongoing medical care from going to the physician when they need to for fear of being treated as a third class citizen, being labeled an addict as a result of their pain medication dependency, or for fear of false positive or negative results and subsequent termination from medication and/or treatment.
The truth is chronic pain sufferers are addicts that were created as a result of unendurable pain. Chronic pain sufferers should not be labeled by these policies. Physicians should not be pressed by these policies and in turn feel as if they should treat chronic suffers as if every pain is a result of addiction and not their condition. If the policies take away the only way they can cope with their pain and have some sort of relief to improve their quality of life you in essence have left them no other alternative but to seek other ways to ease their suffering. This will have a cascading effect reaching far into the future and will impact communities, the patient and their entire families.
You aren't responsible for the inferior care, pain and suffering the low man on the totem pole will endure, or are you? Policies are not responsible for the problems that will arise, or are they?
I am a 59year old woman and have been dealing with chronic pain for years now. I have tried suicide several times due to this. I can't get any help no listens and at this point I really fear that the society and county that I work for for thirty plus years don't give a******about the elderly we are a burden to them and the government so that just as soon we die and then so many things are solved. They don't have to give us our social secuity, medicaid ect. So they have said no more pian meds let them suffer and let them die and we don't have to give up our seats in the government and can keep eating our steaks. Well I hope they all choke on there next bite. They even cut my income after I pay out eighty percent of my income I have seventy dollars left to buy food for the month the government should be a shamed especially if you live in Texas,
I've been struggling with chronic pain for over 5 years. I have tried every medication under the sun for my pain, including medications that my doctor outright told me I should not take because it could cause my poor mental health to get even worse and this medicine is known to increase risk of suicide which due to already having depression for most of my life and the fact my pain is so bad sometimes suicide seems like a viable option for relief from my pain...I can't understand why my life was placed at risk for this new, under tested medication. I've suffered migraines, allergic reactions and still had no relief from my daily pain. My doctors all agree opiate medications have been helpful but my primary doctor wants my rheumatologist to prescribe my opiate meds, she wants pain management, pain management wants my primary to prescribe. All my doctors agree opiates have helped me but due to government's needless intervention on my medical care, none of the doctors want to the ones to prescribe them to me. I should note I've never abused drugs, illegal or prescribed, I take a very low dose, I've never failed a drug test or broke any components of a narcotics contract. Yet I suffer everyday due to the decisions of people who don't even hold a medical license over the opinions of my doctors who specialize in my disorder. I'd like these legislators and feds or whoever thinks they have a right to interfere with my life and right to proper medical treatment, to suffer with chronic pain for a month and I bet they would be begging for any help or be ready to commit suicide. I should also add that I'm 32, at the prime of my life and before this disability struck I was working 2 jobs, going to school full time while making the dean's list every semester and had my whole future ahead of me. Now I'm a louse on disability and rather than getting me to a functioning level, whether that be on opiates or whatever, so I can get off the government's tet and go back to work, instead I'm in constant pain everyday and being treated like a junkie. I hope all of those in government who like to think they're know my body and life better than me and my doctor, I hope one day you or a family member will suffer from chronic pain and you will be treated like a drug seeking junkie. I hope you have chronic pain so bad that you have to crawl to the toilet because your pain is so intense and I hope you experience the feelings of complete despair, hopelessness, suicide ideation me and countless others experience because of your lack of experience and expertise in chronic pain. And I wouldn't wish this pain or my life on my worst enemy, so I guess where you can see where I place these idiots on my list of people in this world.
I am treated as a drug fiend by my doctors. Drug testing and pill counts....my pain is not being properly addressed because the dea ties the hands of the doctor's with the power and knowledge to treat me. This has stop. I completely understand self medicating just to survive.
I've been unfairly moves from my home abused by my doctors pharmacies police neighbors family and am tired
Indy va social workers email mock suicide pictures of vets who can't get there meds.The cboc clinics around the state are not much better.Don't complain and make there day amusing .Just take the pain.If you complain your provider might flag or blacklist you.
This is usa ! Not nazi germany , red china , or communist russia. I suffer horrendous pain around the clock for so long , I will have to kill myself because the government dea , fda , & local health dept's & doctors will not prescribe narcotic pain meds I need to help me get out of bed , bathe ,& eat. They insist all alternative non- narcotic meds are best , but are absolutely ten - twenty times worst dangerous side effects to my body. Narcotics have long history of little side effects & safer than all other meds for pain that DO NOT WORK... govt lawmaker will answer to god for killing us with these bad meds , while safe narcotics are available. They should all be punished by our lord jesus for the suffering & killing the only lives we had. I am also very knowledgeable that when they ever experience this kind of tormented suffering they would finally understand how inhuman it is & plus dont worry because they will get massive amounts of narcotic meds when they need them... and still keep us regular , unimportant usa citezens suffering at the same time they are out of pain , happy & going on with happy life they deprive us of... I hate thepeople that did this to me , that has me lying in bed continuously in pain praying the lord to take me from this eternal hell of living in inhuman pain. PAIN PAIN PAIN SUICIDE PAIN. Thank you all fir doing this to my life. I never want to see or cause pain to any human , nor animal. But I orsy GOD to punish all of you with same pain you all have inflicted on so many millions of us legitimate horrific oain sufferers. Im alresdy in HELL. I PRAY TO SEE ALL IN HELL WITH ME !!!!!!!!!!!!! I will make stmt in front of white house I love , by protesting the inhumane treatment to me & millions of pain sufferes in usa , by setting myself on FIRE , to die out of my misery & pray a wake uo call to change draconious narcotic laws to help the millons of American pain patients from pain & suicide. Plus degradation of their rights & humanity to live without comtemplating how & when to kill themselves too! To also end their agonony of no life because of pain. Thank you my govt for killing me !!!
What a rat race. It's as if legit pain patients have no rights to relief anymore.
Denying pain relief for true documented pain conditions is the same as taking away a diabetics insulin. Makes zero sense and it's a crime against my rights for pain control and or management.
I am speaking up for my rights as a chronic pain sufferer. I have had 3 spine fusions which the last one left me with a whole in my spinal cord and I had to have my spinal cord untethering to keep me out of a wheel chair, but I will suffer with pain for the rest of my life and I'm only 54. I suffer every day with pain in my cervical and lumbar area's which can only be managed with pain medications and no further surgeries can be done in my case. If I were denied pain medication I would not be able to function in my daily life to take care of my own self. I am over whelmed at the thought that our government has the power over my life in such a way as to deny my use of pain medications without a real alternative other than unmanageable pain. All the men and women who have dedicated their lives to developing medications that can reduce and relieve pain will have been for not. To knowing deprive those of us who suffer every day of our lives would be cruel and unusual punishment. If the powers that be are going this direction then stop all medications of any kind. But make sure you legalize assistant suicide because the demand for that service will increase at an alarming rate.
I have sense this DEA information tactic more so than anything.I also noticed that the forms you are forced to sign also forfeit any and all rights to privacy as well as Dr. Client privacy. THIS "forced" METHOD SHOULD IN ITSELF BEING COERCERSION SHOULD BE ILLEGAL AND UNCONSTITUTIONALLY INVALID FOR USE TO ENACT REGULATIONS OR LAWS
DO NOT BUY HEALTH INS FROM GEISINGER HEALTH INS. MEDICARE D .DO NOT USE GEISINGER INSURANCE COME RENEWAL TIME. THEIR BOARD OF DIRECTORS MAKE THE DECISIONS ON YOUR MEDS, NOT YOUR DOCTOR. Its discrimination again the ill, it's wrong, Geisinger Insurance ignores what Dr.s write on the Rx and will not pay for your med's. If the Drs. prescribes 40 tabs their rules are only 30 tabs, you can appeal etc. but most cases you will not win the appeal, they have no compassion whatsoever for the patient in pain. At this point you must go to the Dr. again to write another Rx or pay for it yourself, they don't care if you need to drive 100 miles to your pain clinic. With some pain meds, they state their board of directors make these decisions %^&!, they will not cover a 10mg dose but will pay for the 20 mg dose? this sounds like an shady agreement with a drug company.
We are paying for these Dr. visits, driving 100's of miles round trip paying for gas, paying for the drug tests, the Rx, they all have a nice game going playing on the ill making millions of dollars while the ill are suffering, this is barbaric, how can this be happening? Of course these board of directors no doubt have their own personal doctor who will personally visit their home, give them their pain medication (probably whatever they want) and they don't give a damn about the chronic ill patient, it's all money to them
These board of directors make these decisions and they have never met you, they just decline paying for their share of the meds. This is wrong, corporations have ruined our country.
I have been suffering from debilitating, chronic pain for many years. Every doctor that I have seen has told me that I NEED pain management. Finally, when I have borrowed enough money to see a pain management dr and made the excruciating hour long drive, I was seen by a 20 year old nurse practitioner. She treated me like I was a nuisance and would not even read the carefully written out notes that I had prepared. Despite the fact that I have scans showing extensive damage, she latched onto the idea that ALL of my pain was due to nerve compression and prescribed 2 percocets aday and some awful medication called gapabentin. Three hours after my initial dose of gapabentin,I literally became paralyzed. I could not voluntarily move my body. I could not scream. I could not call for help. At the same time, my left arm began waving uncontrollably and my eyeballs started rapiy rolling up and down back and forth and all around in my head. I heard bizarre sounds. I was TERRIFIED. I DONT KNOW how long this went on for until I finally lost consciousness, but I wome up alive. Thank god. I was still ,AM still, in pain. I cried all day. I called the pharmacist, who told me that I had an allergic reaction and not to take this or any other medications in that class. Ever. I then callef the drs office, and spoke with rheir answering service. This was nearly a week ago.I still have yet to hear back from them. In addition to my usual pain,my head has been throbbing and I have had sore eyeballs and left arm. My daily allowance of the two percocets provide me with a mild amount of relief. Of course, they only last for a few hours, so the rest of my days and nights are spent in agonizing pain. All because some nurse just out of school is afraid I may get high off of pain meds that actually work. Interestingly enough, opiod pain medications are among the safest , cheapest and most effective medications on the market. These dangerous replacements ,such as gapabentin, have FAR more side effe ts and cost way more than traditional pain medication. The argument that treat ing pain causes addicts and puts "drugs" ,on the streets is preposterous. And its dangerous. How many people have to suffer before this insane witch hunt is called to a screeching halt?
I have been in chronic pain for 16 yrs. I took NSAIDS till I had VIOX mess me up from ever taking any of those meds again. I was swollen all over my body runny eyes & nose all the time, then found out it caused stroke even death. So now I can't take NSAIDS. I swell up after about three days to point can hardly wear my shoes. So I'm on opiates to control my pain. I admit I've had it pretty good thru the years...then that scam called a pain clinic is insisted upon or I can't get relief. I go & they want me to take shots that don't last & for every day that I got any benefit I suffer with tears & rocking wanting a way out...So we're don't want nerves burned ( after all they do grow back & I've not heard any good report from anyone had it done), their shots don't work, & I can only take opiates & it has been various levels of problems. They range from pharmacies not wanting to keep my med on hand & fill my script in timely manner to now Dr wanting play games to see if I'm a addict, & reducing the amount that works to sub control of pain cause they have a fancy new word. Then return me to a previous level that with break thru pain med makes my life ok but this time treats me like criminal only allows me base med, screw me if need break thru med. Here I was thinking I had a care plan between to opiates that I switch between so get pain coverage...But I was mistaken I have was told also that it was DEA & legislature plus facility policy that this change was to happen. That was crap because unless something besides hydrocodone has been ruled on I'm not affected by that change cause not on it!! DEA chilling of Drs/ clinics/pharmacies/manufactures hurts the chronic pain person. They are going to be people who abuse drugs...They are people who abuse potato chips...I'm in chronic pain, this most likely the rest of my life unless an operation relieves it, which no promises there, & I have genetic markers that my body process opiates at a faster rate that normal...I am so screwed if that can't get it together somewhere so I can get what I need to make life tolerable...not pain free, cause there is none of that...just so I don't mind getting up out of bed to live the best life I can. Not a wonderful but the best I can. I need my meds!!!! Oh and as a side note what the problem with a freaking 70 or 80 year old getting addicted...They take a pain pill for pain, they are already scared & conscientious about addition do they barely take out unless need it...give the elderly their meds!!x
in July 2006 I underwent my first of three back surgeries due to a misdiagnosis for five years. Little did I know that my life was going to change so drastically and at the age of 42 I would be on disability permanently. Every day functions that some people take for granted such as taking a shower, actually getting dressed and sometimes being able to get yourself out of bed Are now luxuries instead of normalcy. In the beginning I was given pain medication that allowed me to function without suffering now I have to time when I need a refill on the only strong medication that I'm on for pain, Vicodin and hope that it's not needed while my doctor is on vacation. It's not that I had a free refill privilege prior as she would rarely give me more than one refill at a time but now I have to physically call the office and wait for the request to get to her desk then arrange for the script to be picked up that is not always a timely nor proceeds. My dr kept track of every refill request prior to changes to begin with. I currently take tramadol daily sometimes up to three times a day on a bad day that in itself does not always knock the pain that I deal with, if I need a Vicodin I have to not take a tramadol for six hours to do so. I have seen friends of mine in worse shape than I am who rely on a daily dose of a controlled prescription painkiller have to go without because the local pharmacy does not carry it on hand or does not have enough to fill a script. Doctors are getting away from prescribing pain pills because of the laws and the changes that have been made and in return those like me who suffer daily cannot get the help we so desperately need. On a good day the pain might be a level 3 on a bad day it's off the charts, imagine trying to walk, hold a pen or even pet an animal and have it feel like a hot poker piercing your skin and running itself down your nerves even that doesn't describe a bad day. I'm 50 years old now A grandmother, wife and mother who has had to miss out on various events because of the pain. I don't know how people who do not experience this kind of life can sit in judgment to make decisions that will affect us and our ability to enjoy what life we can. I wish for one day each person involved in the decision-making on prescription drugs and so forth could live the life we do. It's hard having other people who do not understand how we feel or what we go through look at us as if we are drug addicts. I can remember a time if I needed to go to the emergency room I was given shot for my pain now they are so conscious of what they give you and after having a staph infection last fall I was given 10 yes 10 Percocets on a script the reason because they were afraid I would become addicted to it. Just because our lives are controlled by pain due to various reasons doesn't mean that we should not be treated as humans, dr. shouldn't be afraid to treat their patients that are there to help their patients. It's sad to say that I honestly
I was injured during a surgery when I was almost dropped. The doctor and nurses didn't remember anything happening. Came out of knee surgery with fractured rib, pleural effusion and back injury. And I'm an RN. Nothing was done for me by the hospital. I am now a chronic pain patient and on disability. That's bad enough. But now because I need pain meds, I'm considered an addict by some doctors. Please stop the insanity and allow me to get the pain medication that allows me to get through my days. Stop shutting down pain clinics and punishing the few doctors that are willing to help.
I am a chronic pain patient, I have chronic pain daily and it is terrible that we r treated like criminals. Even though I have never ever broken my pain contract, my doctor is leaving the practice do to the way they treat him and us as pain patience. Why should we be treated like absolute drug addicts when I have complied with everything I was suppose to, now I'm suppose to suffer with chronic pain because some looser sold there pills and someone overdosed! They are causing a bigger epedimic than they have ever seen, it is going to drive more drugs underground. Idiots, blooming idiots
We had a solution in medication and treatment. We are now prevented from attaining a known solution.
If being deprived a proven treatment, that without it will knowlingly cause pain and suffering isn't Harm, then I don't know what is.
Maybe working with us rather than against us is a starting point to a real solution and a perception change that is drastically needed for a real resolution.
I've lived with severe chronic pain for twenty years and can't get relief, something has to give!
I'm convinced the DEA was carrying out orders from the White House, I think the governments actions are an attempt to make Obamacare solvent, after all if a patient cannot get their medications from their doctor what's the point of going? People will have insurance but they will get no relief from their pain, then the president can say "see how well Obamacare works". I'm keeping a close eye on who is helping us and who is not and I'm not the only one.
Please have mercy! Please help us! This is a horror. Rare disorders are not a character flaw but a genetic "flaw". The person in pain could be YOU doctor.
As soon as you go to a new doctor because your doctor retired, the new one starts the judgment process all over again. The fact of the matter is when you take the medicine that you need you are always being assessed. I have been a chronic pain patient for so many years now. The sad truth is that the judgment process never goes away. People seem to always believe that you are a nut and a drug addict period !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I got hit by a drunk drive 20 yrs ago. I now have CRPS, a incurable disease that gets worse each year. My doctor was so perfect for the last 9 years, giving me just enough pain med to help. Now he's demanding to have it taken away for no apparent reason. When I ask him he says the meds don't do any good? All of a sudden after 9 years they don't do any good? I recently got laid off so now I need to be extra energetic, aware, ready to learn ne technologies, etc.; but of course, w/o these meds I feel like an old rusty tin man that can't move hardly at all due to the pain. So onw I can't work thanks to this situation, and will probably loose my home, end up on the streets and die a lonely death. All becuase someone somewhere says my prior 9 years of pain relief must have been a hallucination because pain meds don't work for me all of a sudden! THSI IS INSANE, CZRUEL, LIFE THREATENING, etc. It really is! I've been praying and praying, there's nothing else I can do. NO ONE WILL HELP ME. I'm doomed thanks to the DEA, PHARMACY and Health insurance company. Don't Kill me like this, please!

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